BOSTON - Aaron Hernandez’s attorney says rumors the deceased NFL-star wrote letters to a gay lover are ‘unequivocally’ false.
After the convicted killer apparently committed suicide in prison last week, some outlets reported a letter was left to a ‘gay lover.’
However, Jose Baez, who represented Hernandez in his recent double murder trial in Boston, says those rumors are completely false.
"After the family received the writings from the Worcester District Attorney's Office, I issued a statement yesterday as follows: 'Rumors of letters to a gay lover, in or out of prison, are false. These are malicious leaks used to tarnish someone who is dead,’” the statement read in part.
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Investigators ruled last week that Aaron Hernandez died as a result of suicide in his cell, but with an investigation underway, the letters Hernandez left in his cell came under scrutiny.
Officials reported three letters were found in Hernandez’s cell; a source told Boston 25's Bob Ward one was for Hernandez's fiancée, another for his daughter, and the third for his mother Terri.
But Monday, a lawyer for inmate 22-year-old Kyle Kennedy, also housed at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center came forward saying a death-bed letter was addressed to his client.
Attorney Larry Army Jr. sent a statement saying he met with Kennedy briefly at the facility, and he’s saddened by the loss of his friend, who was not a cell mate of his but was in the same cell block.
The statement reads:
“A letter was left to my client, but neither I, nor my client, have seen the letter. We will be requesting that the letter be turned over to my client as soon as possible.”
Army tells Boston 25 News he will be holding a news conference on Wednesday.
Full statement from Hernandez attorney Jose Baez:
"After the family received the writings from the Worcester District Attorney's Office, I issued a statement yesterday as follows: 'Rumors of letters to a gay lover, in or out of prison, are false. These are malicious leaks used to tarnish someone who is dead.'"
"Notwithstanding my unambiguous statement that there were no such letters, representatives, on behalf of an individual named Kyle Kennedy, continued to advise the media such a gay love letter exists. Accordingly, on behalf of the family of Aaron Hernandez, I am reaffirming, unequivocally, no such letters to Mr. Kenedy, or any other individual, in or out prison, exists."
"I urge anyone continuing to spread these malicious untruths to cease."
The Associated Press Contributed to this report.
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